NBA writers were having so much fun today we had to make up our own ACC trade deadline news and notes from around the league.
Similar to the Hornets/Pelicans situation of 2011, ACC headquarters assumed control of Boston College’s front office. Freshman guard Ky Bowman has been sent to Duke for walk-on Brennan Besser. It’s expected that the ACC will rig the 2017 senior class for Deandre Ayton to decommit from Arizona and sign with the Eagles, much like the NBA rigged the draft to send Anthony Davis to New Orleans.
Jeron Blossomgame demanded to be traded to a contender, but the Tigers decided to keep him on the roster even though they’ll likely lose him at the end of the season anyway. Sources close to the situation said head coach Brad Brownell “didn’t care” about the prospect of losing Blossomgame while receiving nothing in return by stating “that’s the next coach’s problem.”
The Blue Devils aggressively shopped Grayson Allen at the deadline to free up cap space for Dennis Smith, Jr., but received no offers. Additionally, Coach K offered a package of Chase Jeter, Javin DeLaurier and the future rights to Wendell Carter to Kentucky for Marques Bolden, but was surprised to learn that Bolden is already on Duke’s roster.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Michael Ojo restructured their contracts to remain at Florida State for another four seasons.
League sources claim the Cardinals were involved in trade talks with an undisclosed partner but head coach Rick Pitino pulled out quickly.
Miami acquired Jerome Robinson from Boston College in exchange for three future mid-major transfers to be named later.
NC State was close to entering into a three-way deal to send Dennis Smith, Jr. to Duke and bring Kyle Guy to Raleigh, but talks stalled when Mark Gottfried admitted he completely misunderstood what everyone meant by “three way”.
UNC had several suitors for Luke Maye but were reluctant to move him because it would have meant that Roy Williams would have to play Tony Bradley and risk losing him when he hits unrestricted free agency.
The Hoos made no moves at the deadline, mainly because every player in the ACC negotiated a no-trade clause specifically to Virginia.
Wake received offers from every team in the league for John Collins, but the Deacs decided not to sell because they truly believe this year they could go all the way. To the round of 32.